Welcome to the inaugural edition of Middle Relief, our midweek look at news and nonsense from around the majors.
When Scott Podsednik jogged to center field in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Orioles, he thrust the Red Sox into rarefied air. No, he didn't win the game for Boston — Baltimore walked away 4-1 victors. No, he didn't change Boston's place in the standings — the Sox remain cellar dwellers and below .500, the longest they've gone without topping .500 in
15 16 years. In making his first appearance in a Red Sox uniform, Podsednik became the 12th player to man their outfield this year.